by Janice Anderssen
This upholstered headboard adds a stunning feature to the bed, and yet it’s so easy to make. Plus, it’s extremely affordable if you shop around for fabric.
Allow around 2 to 3 hours to make the headboard and the supplies, including upholstery fabric, should cost under R800 to make. The BisonBord and tools used in making the headboard are available at most hardware stores.
YOU WILL NEED
BisonBord cut to the required size for your headboard (*see below)
Heavy-weight batting cut to the same size as the board.
Fabric for covering headboard – add 10cm all round for folding over
Bosch Tacker, heavy-duty staple gun and staples
Tape measure and pencil
Standard Headboard Dimensions
* Allow extra if you want the headboard to be slightly larger than the bed
Single ~ 920 mm
Three-quarter ~ 1070mm
Double ~ 1370mm
Queen ~ 1520mm
King ~ 1830mm
1. Measure the fabric so that it is 10cm on all sides.
This is especially important if you are using a fabric that frays easily.
2. Cover your work surface to prevent damaging the fabric.
Place the fabric face down, place a double layer of batting on top of
this and then put the board on top of this. Make sure that the batting
and board are lined up and that both are equally placed on the fabric.
3. Cut out a 5cm x 5cm square at each corner. This will prevent
the fabric from being bulky when folding over the corners.
4. Use your fingers to tease the top layer of batting out from the
edge all the way around. This will soften the hard edges when
wrapping the board with fabric.
5. Starting on the longest side, fold over the fabric and test to see
that it fits nicely over the side and onto the back.
6. Lift and fold the edge of the fabric over the sides and onto the
back of the board. Staple twice at the centre. Staple from the centre
towards the sides, teasing and folding as you work along.
GOOD TO KNOW: Leave at least a 10cm gap from each ends
so that you can work on the corners later on.
7. At each corner fold and tuck the fabric.
When using batting rather than foam, I have found the easiest
and neatest method for making perfect corners is to pull the
centre over first and the do one and then the other side.
GOOD TO KNOW: Spend time playing around with the first corner
to perfect the method, so that all your corners are neat and square.
You ideally want perfectly folded and square corners for your
headboard. These will be visible once the headboard is mounted,
so time spent fiddling around the get it right is not time wasted.
GOOD TO KNOW: A pair of needle nose pliers and a small flat head
screwdriver come in handy when you need to remove a staple.
GOOD TO KNOW: Sometimes staples need to be given a light
tap with a hammer if they don’t go in properly.
Mounting your headboard
There are various methods for mounting a headboard.
A. You can add legs to the headboard for a freestanding design, or if you want to screw into an existing base.
B. Use a French cleat to mount the headboard to the wall. Attach two small cleats at the top and bottom at the back of the headboard. In this way you can easily remove the headboard for cleaning or re-upholstery.
C. A simple method is to mount keyhole brackets at the back of the headboard and slip these into screws in the wall. DO use fischer wall plugs for a secure mounting.